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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

I was browsing the photos here for an upcoming trip on the last great trijet plying the skies (For the most part), and I noticed in most of the photos that in a 2-5-2 configured DC-10 (coach, obviously), I found it strange that no reading lamps/air vents servicing the center 5 seats were visible in any of these pictures. Can anybody explain this, I found it to be kind of weird, judging by the fact that the 2 outer seats on either side DO have PSU's.

p.s. the upcoming trip is DTW-SEA-HNL-SEA-DTW on NWA (SEA-HNL-SEA on DC-10's).

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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2636 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

I can only speak for the ex-AA DC-10's we used to fly (Hawaiian), but the ceiling is way too high for a PSU over the center section. There are reading lights in the overhead, aimed at each seat, but no vents are within reach. And I believe in our planes, the overhead of the outboard seats are the same - no vents, but with lights.

The air circulation is pretty rapid in the -10 with the recirculation fans turned on, but there's no way to individually aim the air. It all comes in through the main A/C system vents in the upper sidewalls and center vents.


One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
User currently offlineDC-10Tech From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 298 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

To add to what HAL said:

We used to get a lot of complaints about not having individual air vents at each seat. (NO seat on a DC-10 has an individual air vent). Even on -10's without recirc fans, the air moves very well and stays fresh throughout the cabin. Air enters the cabin through the center ceiling light assemblies (not the reading lights, but the fluorescent lights) and exits near the floor into the side tunnels that run the length of the aircraft. The reading lights for the center seats are up in the ceiling on either side of the luggage bins and are controlled by the passenger entertainment (MUX) system through PSU's in the armrests of the seats.

User currently offlineN777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

I've always loved the DC10. It had huge windows, and was always open & airy.

The 777 of the 70s!!!

God speed Diesel 10!

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3697 times:

Yeah the 10 was real open and great to look outside and stuff. I sure doe miss them!

Go big or go home
User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Hey everybody,

thanks a bunch for your responses! It seemed kind of strange. I do remember on the L1011 I flew it had reading lights and air vents (although you could barely feel the air) in the row next to the bins on the cieling... Wonder why the -10 doesnt.

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